Nicola Claire

Biography

Nicola Claire lives in beautiful Taupo, New Zealand with her husband and two young boys. She's tried her hand at being a paramedic, bank teller and medical sales representative, (not all necessarily in that order), but her love of writing keeps calling her back. A staunch supporter of the eBook phenomenon and Indie Authors worldwide, you can find her books at all good eBook stores online.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Kiwi, through and through. I had the wonderful luck of growing up in the North Island of New Zealand, or "The Land Of The Long White Cloud", (the Māori call it Aotearoa). I've lived up North, down South, and in the "Big Smoke" Auckland City, all of which feature at some point in my stories.

Five years were spent as a Paramedic in Auckland, so I know that city pretty well. From its spectacular beauty, to its hidden secrets, I've probably caught a glimpse of it all. And that's why I choose Auckland as the setting for most of my books. Even though I've moved on, the City Of Sails managed to give me lasting memories of a vibrant, lively, young and slightly gritty place - what more could you want for the backdrop of a good novel?

Mixed with my time living overseas in England and Germany when I was young, New Zealand has shaped me, moulded me, into the writer I am today. We Kiwis have a sense of humour, are loyal to a fault, are passionate about our country, and are pretty down to earth kinds of folks. I hope that some of that abiding love comes through in the worlds I've created in Auckland, New Zealand in all of my books.
When did you first start writing?
The first memory I have of writing a "book" was in Primary (or Elementary) School. I was so proud of that story about a naughty little monkey and still have the stapled together booklet hidden away somewhere. Throughout school I wrote countless little tales, allowing my imagination to run free from time to time, but it wasn't until after I'd had children, lived life a little, seen a bit of the world, that I felt ready to really let those creative juices flow.

My first attempt at an adult full length novel was a science fiction story about aliens. Yeah, I know, a rather big undertaking. Suffice it to say, that story will never see the light of day. But I had the bug, I wanted to get some of those fantasies swirling around inside my head out. Even if it was just for me.

So I read, and read, and read some more. I analysed what genre I liked best, and what exactly it was I liked about it. Then I worked out what others liked about that genre too. At some point it all fell together and the first four books of the Kindred Series came to mind. I just started tapping away on the keyboard one morning and didn't stop for four or five months.

All the practice runs from when I was just a little kid, throughout all the daydreaming fantasy stories I'd played out in my mind, to my failed - but highly constructive - attempt at Science Fiction, paid off. I found my writing voice and haven't looked back since.
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Where to find Nicola Claire online


Books

Citizen (Citizen Saga, Book 3)
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Series: Citizen Saga, Book 3. Pre-release—available October 31, 2014. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Rebels Lena Carr & Trent Masters hide in the shadows of the city-state they adore and work hard to undermine those in a position of authority. But propaganda fills the Citizens' heads and lethal hazards appear at every corner. Trent & Lena now face the biggest battle of them all: Breaking down the invisible walls of Wánměi & fighting for more than just their own lives.
Cardinal (Citizen Saga, Book 2)
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Series: Citizen Saga, Book 2. Pre-release—available October 24, 2014. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Being invisible can have its advantages, but not when the Chief Overseer knows what your alias is. Lena Carr can no longer walk the streets as the Elite she was born to be, but for his "Zebra" Trent Masters would do anything. Risk his life. Kill. As long as it's good for the rebellion. But Selena is up to something, and if Trent knows his Elite, he's sure it's going to be reckless.
Elite (Citizen Saga, Book 1)
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Series: Citizen Saga, Book 1. Pre-release—available October 17, 2014. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In a world where rules define model behaviour, and stepping outside them has drastic consequences, one woman inadvertently starts a war. But Selena Carstairs' rebellion is nothing compared to what lurks beneath the city of Wánměi. The true revolution is led by a man who was raised to question the world around him. And Trent Masters is determined to make Selena question her surroundings as well.
A Thousand Tiny Pieces (First In Series Sampler Collection)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 454,820. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies
A hot & sizzling sampler collection of four first-in-series full length novels from Nicola Claire. Whether it's paranormal or contemporary romance you're after, this selection of four favourites from Nicola's catalogue will deliver! A Thousand Tiny Pieces includes the much loved: Sweet Seduction Sacrifice, A Flare Of Heat, The Tempting Touch Of Fire and Kindred. All in one action-packed volume.
Elemental Awakening Book Bundle (Elemental Awakening, Books 1-3)
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Series: Elemental Awakening. Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 269,120. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Thrust into a dangerous and seductive preternatural world, Casey Eden turns to the one person she believes can help. But there's more to handsome, flirtatious Theo Peters than she ever imagined. And it could mean her death. This book bundle includes books 1-3 in the Elemental Awakening Series as follows: The Tempting Touch Of Fire, The Soothing Scent Of Earth, and The Chilling Change Of Air.
The Chilling Change Of Air (Elemental Awakening, Book 3)
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Series: Elemental Awakening, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,660. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In a world turning evermore dark, Casey Eden is the light that's meant to guide the way. Of course, not everyone believes that. Finding herself in the one place she feared most, she fights for her survival, only to face the cruellest, most heart-wrenching struggle of all. But the more Casey has to battle, the more she realises that this is just the beginning of the war.
Sweet Seduction Stripped (Sweet Seduction, Book 7)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,340. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Amber Lane has been sleeping with a stranger for twenty months. At least she realises she doesn't know Jaxon Harding when she stumbles across an encrypted file that paints her boyfriend in a sinister light. Turning to her online chat-room partner, Eric Shaw, she has to face the world she has been living in, while also accepting that Ric, the man who's quickly stealing her heart, is part of it too.
A Flare Of Heat (H.E.A.T. Book 1)
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Series: H.E.A.T., Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,990. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
H.E.A.T. follows the lives of several hot & sexy firemen who work for the Hauraki (Auckland, NZ area) Emergency Assistance Team. A specialised group of people whose skills can get them into all manner of dangerous & mysterious situations, and have them entangled in all sorts of delicious & decadent trysts with the ladies in their lives. This is book one in the series - a sizzling crime/thriller.
Sweet Seduction Sabotage (Sweet Seduction, Book 6)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,550. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Good time girl Kelly Quayle has her hands full when lawyer Drew Kline decides to sabotage all her dates. Questioning her choices and shaking up her lifestyle, Kelly has to first hit rock bottom before she can climb towards that light she sees in Drew's eyes. Illicit hook-ups, excitement and thrills, will it all end when Kelly lets the sexy lawyer into her heart? Or will Drew show her otherwise?
Sweet Seduction Shield (Sweet Seduction, Book 5)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,910. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Marie Cox has shunned fear for the past five years. She lived it once and now works hard to shield herself from anything that could cause her angst again. But her past comes back to haunt her, when the sexy and determined Detective Sergeant Ryan Pierce enters her life. But can she outrun her mistakes? Or will she let him protect her? And finally stand up to those who want to silence Marie forever.
The Soothing Scent Of Earth (Elemental Awakening, Book 2)
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Series: Elemental Awakening, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,510. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Casey Eden has had her life turned upside down and inside out. Thrust into a new and dangerous Elemental world, and not knowing who to trust, Casey has to push herself to be stronger, harder, and better than she has ever been before. To do that though, she has to embrace an old lesson of belief. But she soon begins to realise anything is possible when you choose to believe.
Dreaming Of A Blood Red Christmas (Kindred, Book 8.1)
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Series: Kindred, Book 8.1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,700. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
You wanted more? Well, here it is! A Christmas Special Novella (just over 16,000 words) from Michel's point of view, set after the end of book eight in the Kindred Series: Kiss Of The Dragon. A sweet surprise full of a few Kindred secrets, wrapped up in a Michel package, just in time for Christmas. Enjoy!
Sweet Seduction Surrender (Sweet Seduction, Book 4)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,970. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
The second Katie Anscombe laid eyes on Jason Cain, she knew she was in trouble. But she's sure the attraction is only one sided. Then a lock-down ensues and the ex-special forces soldier ends up being the ASI operative who is assigned to protect her throughout. Close quarters and nothing but each other to keep them entertained... passions are unleashed. But will they surrender to them?
Sweet Seduction Book Bundle
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Books 1-3. Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 335,650. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Love at first sight has never been so dangerous and so very delicious at the same time. A sexy Romantic Suspense Series full of danger, excitement and a dash of intrigue. This book bundle includes books 1-3 in the Sweet Seduction Series as follows: Sweet Seduction Sacrifice (Sweet Seduction, #1), Sweet Seduction Serenade (Sweet Seduction, #2) and Sweet Seduction Shadow (Sweet Seduction, #3).
Sweet Seduction Serenade (Sweet Seduction, Book 2)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,580. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Evangeline Rowe lost her heart one night eight years ago to her perfect cowboy. Since then none other has come close to filling the shattered gaps. But a return trip to Auckland, the city she grew up in and escaped, brings her face to face with the ghosts of her past. Some bad, some good, and some deliciously seductive, but equally as dangerous.
Sweet Seduction Shadow (Sweet Seduction, Book 3)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,970. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Five long years Abi Merchant has been running and hiding. The threat of capture has invaded her mind But living life on the run has finally worn Abi out. She's making mistakes, dropping her guard. Then out of the shadows steps Ben Tamati; a man hiding from his own demons, just like her. Can she trust her shadow man to help set her free? Or is she destined to drown in the guilt from her past?
The Tempting Touch of Fire (Elemental Awakening, Book 1)
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Series: Elemental Awakening, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 93,830. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Theo Peters is a flirt, and for the first time in Casey Eden's life she's flirting back. Then one morning, everything changes. The attraction that exists between them becomes a dangerous mix of temptation and forbidden desire. But the more Casey learns of the new preternatural world she has been thrust into, the more she realises that love is not always enough to conquer all.
Sweet Seduction Sacrifice (Sweet Seduction, Book 1)
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Series: Sweet Seduction, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 122,180. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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Genevieve Cain has just one dream in her life and she intends to do anything necessary to keep it. Sweet Seduction is her passion, her business and the most popular café/chocolatier/music store in town. But when her ex-boyfriend threatens her dream, she's forced to seek legal counsel. The moment dream-like lawyer Dominic Anscombe walks into her life, things get complicated... and deliciously sexy.
Kiss Of The Dragon (Kindred, Book 8)
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Series: Kindred, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 139,340. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Politics, old enemies, an illness that threatens to bring Lucinda to her knees, things are heating up as the world around her comes tumbling down. But no matter how devious and cunning her enemies are, Lucinda need only remember what makes her strong; she is watched over by the spirit of a dragon. But everyone knows, the kiss of the dragon is as lethal as its flame.
Entwined With The Dark (Kindred, Book 7)
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Series: Kindred, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 151,550. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Life has taken Lucinda to London. Depressed with her dreary accommodation, homesick for Auckland and unaccustomed to London's Nosferatin hunting rules, Lucinda rebels causing more and more problems for herself. Vampires, Fairies and Shape Shifters hunt her, but Lucinda is determined to keep fighting - even as she realises how far she is already entwined with the Dark.
Kindred (Books 1 - 3) Book Bundle
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Series: Kindred, Books 1-3. Price: $7.49 USD. Words: 418,950. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
At its heart Kindred is a romance story, that just happens to feature sexy vampires, vampire hunters, and a kindred connection between the two never before seen. This book bundle includes books 1- 3 in the Kindred Series as follows: Kindred (Kindred, book 1) Blood Life Seeker (Kindred, book 2) Forbidden Drink (Kindred, book 3)
Shadow's Light (Kindred, Book 6)
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Series: Kindred, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 154,740. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Lucinda is on the run, hiding out in the only place the Iunctio has little control. Forging a new life for herself while avoiding all contact with the old life she has left behind in New Zealand. Memories haunt her, the shadows are growing longer and Darker, and the Fey are about to arrive. Set adrift, all alone, she must fight for her freedom and her life. But can she do it on her own?
Dancing Dragon (Kindred, Book 5)
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Series: Kindred, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 151,890. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Recent events have taken a toll on Michel and his Dark rises. Lucinda fights to bring him back towards the Light, but no one ever said living with a vampire would be easy. An ancient vampire causes problems in London and a strange protector accompanies him wherever he goes. Can Lucinda save the innocents and avoid the protector's mysterious Light? And why does his Light call to her?
Giver of Light (Kindred, Book 4)
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Series: Kindred, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 147,380. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Lucinda questions herself. She is unsure of what she is becoming and is uncertain if she will like herself when it is all over. The final confrontation with the Queen of Darkness approaches, but the American Families enter the fray, delaying the ultimate battle of Light & Dark.
Forbidden Drink (Kindred, Book 3)
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Series: Kindred, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 143,620. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Lucinda battles with the fact that she has lost so much control in her life and she tries to take some of it back. The Iunctio is still watching her, human vigilantes are killing vampires in Wellington and her best-friend is acting strange. Not to mention the two Master Vampires who are fighting for her heart and neither of them intends to play nice. Could her life get any more complicated?
Blood Life Seeker (Kindred, Book 2)
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Series: Kindred, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 141,500. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Lucinda questions how she feels about Michel. Is it real, or is it just a result of the joining and Bond? Temptation appears in the form of a hedonist playboy vampire. The vampire governing body, the Iunctio, decides to investigate the latest kindred joining of Nosferatu and Nosferatin. And Lucinda and Michel must prove they are no threat to Nosferatu as a whole, or suffer their wrath.
Kindred (Kindred, Book 1)
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Series: Kindred, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 145,050. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In a world where vampires, shape shifters, ghouls and magic users co-exist in relative harmony one young woman finds herself the centre of all supernatural desires. Born to hunt them and destined to love them, Lucinda Monk must find the strength required to save them and hold them all dear. But, can she trust any of them? And is she more than she appears?

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